A truck driver who attempted to smuggles 96 kilos of marijuana across the Mexican border learned his fate– he will be spending more than 11 years in prison.
On March 12, 2013, Alanis-Alanis drove a 2004 Freightliner into the Falfurrias U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. When he was directed by Border Patrol agents to an area for further inspection, Alanis-Alanis instead fled down Highway 281.
“Border Patrol agents said that Alanis-Alanis drove a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer into the Falfurrias U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on March 12, 2013. When he was directed by Border Patrol agents to an area for further inspection, Alanis-Alanis instead fled northbound on U.S. Highway 281 at speeds of approximately 70 miles per hour. Agents pursued the tractor-trailer and, at one point, were forced into the median by Alanis-Alanis when he jerked the wheel, bringing the tractor-trailer across both lanes of traffic and into the shoulder. Alanis-Alanis later admitted he intended to run the agents off the road,” the Department of Justice stated.
Eventually, Alanis-Alanis jumped out of his truck and fled on foot, however, he left his truck in gear and it was heading toward an elementary school. KRISTV reported that a border patrol agent had to jump in the truck and steer it away from the school.
Ultimately, agents caught up with Alanis-Alanis. He was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
Alanis-Alanis pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 135 months in jail, followed by a three-year-term of supervised release.